THE Deputy Executive Director of the Quality Control Division (QCD) of COCOBOD, Mr Sekyim Gorkeh, has asked licensed buying companies (LBCs) not to allow their profit motives to override the primary objective of providing quality cocoa for the nation.
He said consumers of cocoa had become very sophisticated and would always want to ensure that what they consumed was of higher quality. Consequently, LBCs had a big role to play in maintaining Ghana's image as the producer of the world's finest cocoa.
Mr Gorkeh stated this at an annual workshop for district managers, accountants and depot keepers of Armajaro Ghana Limited, a leading LCB, in Kumasi last Friday.
On the theme, "staying in control through prudent risk management", the three-day workshop reviewed the operations of the company in the last cocoa season with the view to improving on it this season.
Mr Gorkeh stressed the need for LCBs to ensure pre-purchase inspection to see whether the beans were well dried before final purchase.
The deputy executive director warned against tampering with sealed cocoa, saying such a practice was criminal.
Mr Gorkeh said as part of the QCDs effort to prevent the export of inferior cocoa to overseas buyers, all storage facilities had been asked to conform strictly to set standards.
He noted that the QCD and LCBs had a common agenda of boosting Ghana's cocoa industry and the two must move to collaborate effectively.
He disclosed that the weighing of cocoa at the ports would soon be done by net weight instead of by bags as being done currently.